>>Tana: Hi, I’m Tana Amen. Thank you for
joining me on Ask Tana. This question comes from Kelly Patterson and she asks, “What
is your opinion on the relationship of gluten to conditions such as fibromyalgia, ADHD and
anxiety? And she says she has all of these. First of all, the word gluten means glue and
it’s a sticky protein found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, bulger, and spelt and it gives
bread its elasticity and its chewy texture. It’s found in most baked products as well.
Part of the problem is that it wreaks havoc in your intestinal lining causing leaky gut
which allows a whole bunch of stuff that should be staying inside your intestines to get out.
When the body sees these foreign invaders that are supposed to be in your poop floating
free in your body, it freaks out and launches a full-fledged battle in the form of allergies
and auto-immune disorders. Obviously, I’m really simplifying this because I don’t
want to bore you with the many hours of science that I had to sit through but gluten is associated
with celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto and thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, MS and
migraines. Gluten can also trigger flu-like symptoms and many psychological disturbances.
Our society thinks of bread, especially whole grain bread, as being healthy and a staple
of life. And I know, I know, Jesus ate bread. People can’t wait to lay that one on me.
But the wheat that Jesus says does not resemble anything of the hybridized wheat of today,
at all, which contains 40% more gluten than just from 50 years ago. The number of people
with celiac disease has quadrupled in the past 50 years, and according to the Center
for Celiac Research, an additional 18 million Americans have gluten-sensitivity. Although
gluten-sensitivity does not qualify as celiac disease, when people who are sensitive to
gluten eat foods with gluten they experience celiac-like symptoms and it’s hiding in
plain sight but most restaurants will accommodate your needs – if you ask for a special menu.
Thanks for the question.